Day 6 in Israel
Saw the cave where David hid from his father King Saul. Amazing that a child has to hide in fear of his life --- from the hand of a father who really never came around. David learned to love his father. He didn't shrink away. Didn't distance himself. Didn't hide in his heart. The wilderness is amazing. To think that the Israelites wandered 40 years when it could have been an 11-day journey is, well, just like me and what I deal with.
Jogged down to the sea and ... Stood at The Dead Sea in its surreal salty stinging sea as the sun set. The Lowest Spot on Earth. Surrounded by blistering vast spanse of hundreds of miles of desert. We had just been to Masada, a desert stronghold, where they holed up to protect their very lives---but it didn't work. Read Psalm 62 standing in their little church. My soul waits on God. I shall not be shaken. On God my Glory rests. Pour out your heart to God. He Alone is our stronghold. Pillars crumble. Earthquakes shatter. God is my Refuge.
Larry spoke tonight on "The Managed Life." Here is what he said:
What does it mean to be spiritually formed? Truth can feel offensive at times cause something in us needs to die. Am I living a managed life? If it's working---there's no way to avoid pride. We can't keep all of the law. We have been given a better hope. Put first things first and 2nd things are thrown in. Put 2nd things first and you lose both (C.S. Lewis quote). There is a better hope by which we draw near to God!
God gives us trials and people in our lives for sanctification. Do I turn to spiritual disciplines? Lexio Divina? Do I manage my life, my wounds? So wanting my children to turn out right---for me to do it right. Wanting my ministry to turn out right. Or am I glorifying God...there is something underneath my pain. When I am in trouble, how do I get out? You know, I got stuck in the elevator yesterday for 10 minutes. Alone. I was literally screaming for help. Could this be from God a forming experience for me? Where sin abounds, grace abounds. Radical Repentance. Celebrate Calvary.
Hosea 7:14 Am I wailing on my bed or crying from my heart? Do I have a right to certain blessings? Have Mercy rather than fix me. The more we are formed, the more we relate like Jesus. Radical Christianity --- committed to the well being of others. Brokenness. Repentance. Release the Life of Christ.
What is the center of our soul? The center that I feel is terror. But my center is a longing for the Hope. There's more to you and me than our sin. Search the center to long for God and persevere and not be controlled by my fear of elevators, my fear of failing, my fear of not making an impact. Have Mercy, O God! Fill us with Hope to lead a resurrected life!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Day 6 in Israel